The bike had serviceable tires one it but they showed their age and had kind of a ugly mustard brown sidewall so I asked the girl what kind of tire she wanted showing her a variety of options, she chose the Schwable Delta cruiser white walls. Very nice.
As I said this bike sat for months for reasons I don't quite understand myself but it dawned on me that A) summer was slipping away, B) the grandparents were asking how the bike was coming along and C) I didn't have to do a complete tear down (gasp) I just needed to make it rideable for the summer. So that is my dirty little secret on this bike, I am doing it backwards, I hung all the pretty new parts so it can be ridden now and when the dark, damp winter comes I will do the hidden work on bearings and the like.
Now even though I took a "short cut" to get this bike on the road while the sun is still high in the sky I did put in some work;
- Seat post removed and greased
- Stem removed and greased
- frame wiped down with armor all wipes
- checked headset for play
- hubs checked for smoothness, wheels checked for true
- crank checked for smoothness and pedals for spin
- new shift and brake cables and housing and adjustments
- checked chain for wear then cleaned and lubed it, checked freewheel for wear
- new saddle
- new tires and tubes
This winter I will rebuild all the main bearings, give it a 3 step wax job and rebuild the pedals and maybe put on a new freewheel and chain but it was great to see the smile on my girls face when she saw the finished product today and got to ride it it around.
|it actually works!|
I half jokingly told her that she is my rolling billboard and that if any ladies compliment her on the bike she can tell them that her dad can build them one. Now I just need to ride my own bike and then I can go for a spin with my girl. Then I can take my own advice and ride, smile and repeat.